African-American enrollment falls short of matching Detroit’s racial make-up


BY BRITTNEY JACKSON / VN COLUMNIST

The thriving city of Detroit is heavily populated with African-Americans who make up over 80 percent of the city’s population.

The University of Detroit Mercy is located within this city and yet the demographics of the student population does not reflect the surrounding community.

Detroit Mercy has 2,586 undergraduate students. Sixty-five percent are white; 15 percent are African-American. 

The mission statement of Detroit Mercy states that one of its main goal is to provide students with student-oriented education within an urban context.

This statement contradicts the reality of a many African-American students and even some staff members at the university.

“I have had the great opportunity of meeting and interacting with people from…

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